Sunday, September 30, 2007

McCain digs a bigger hole.

McCain suggests religious litmus test for President.

“I admire the Islam. There’s a lot of good principles in it,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said. “But I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith.” He added, “I think the number one issue people should make [in the] selection of the President of the United States is, ‘Will this person carry on in the Judeo Christian principled tradition that has made this nation the greatest experiment in the history of mankind?’” The U.S. Constitution disagrees.

UPDATE: McCain attempts to clarify his remarks: “McCain contacted Beliefnet after the interview to clarify his remarks: ‘I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values.’” Former Bush White House aide David Kuo, now a BeliefNet contributor, said McCain was “pandering to what he thinks the Christian conservative community wants to hear” and predicted he “will have a lot of explaining to do about this interview.”

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McCain needs to re-read the Constitution and the history of the early republic. The US was founded on Lockian ideas governance. The founders had experience with religiously based governance, and rejected it. Jesus flatly stated that his kingdom was not of this world. True followers of Christ understand that, but true followers of Jesus are very thin on the ground, especially in the Republican party.

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